Marcus Amaker

Marcus Amaker

The Charleston Gaillard Center has announced that Charleston Poet Laureate Marcus Amaker will join the organization as an artist-in-residence.

Amaker, founder of the Free Verse Poetry Festival, will bring programming to the Gaillard, including the interactive "Poetic Hip-Hop: From the Page to the Stage" performance, and he will visit area schools to work with students. Additionally, he will continue to host the Gaillard Center’s annual poetry contest.

"His talent as a teaching artist inspires students to write and assists teachers with the difficult task of sparking creativity through poetry, said Sterling de'Vries, the Gaillard Center's director of education.

Musician Charlton Singleton will assume the role of artist-in-residence emeritus at the Gaillard Center, continuing to lead the Youth Jazz Orchestra, the summer jazz program and Jazz Through the Ages educational program.

Contact Adam Parker at or 843-937-5902.